Old Pulteney 17

Bottle: Thick and squashed with a double chin. Makes for a good finger grip (useful in rough seas perhaps… it is the maritime malt after all). Nose: Salted butter, cantaloupe and floral notes. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, green peppercorns, cereals and beeswax. Reasonably lively. Finish: Long with gentle heat. No real transformation, […]

Tullibardine 1993 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Marshmallows, desiccated coconut, cinnamon and creamy tropical fruits. A little breathing time goes a long way here. Nice and soft. Body: Medium and a little oily. Palate: Tropical fruits abound, white chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. Finish: Lime, black pepper, pineapple and mango. Faint peppermint at the death. Neat/Ice/Water: 47.1%. […]

Aberlour 18

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Creme caramel, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice. Body: Lighter side of medium. A really nice mouth feel to it. Quite soft. Palate: Apricot, milk chocolate, some spice creeping in (light dustings of white pepper and cayenne) ending with a little tobacco and wood. Finish:  Tobacco note keeps going and orange zest […]

Glen Ord 1996 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s wood range bottling. Nose: Boiled sweets, red pepper, strawberries and cream. Very nice to breathe and quite enticing. Body: Thick, syrupy and a bit brackish. Palate: Raspberries and rhubarb switching to marzipan and hay. It’s a little odd this one I must say. Finish: Rosemary, cherry liqueur and raspberry jelly. Something clashing here, the herbs […]

Glengarioch 1990 26 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Cut grass, incense, musk and rum cake. It has a dry, musty and sweet aroma underpinned with something green. Really engaging. Body: Medium and velvety. Luxurious. Palate: Single cream, brown sugar, honey and a grapefruit twist that really takes it up a level. Satisfying. Finish: On the shorter side but light, […]

Clynelish 18 year old cask #10999 (Old Particular)

Bottle: This is an Old Particular range bottling from Douglas Laing. Nose: Black olives, beeswax and honey. Really engaging this nose. Breathes a little waxy as well. Body: Based on the deep amber colour, I thought this was going to be much thicker but it’s just medium bodied. A lovely, velvelty,  syrupy texture. Palate: Clove, sherry, […]

Glenturret 1992 16 year old cask #826 (Signatory)

Bottle: Standard Signatory bottling. Nose: Salted lemon, musk and prunes. A hint of ozone too. Not bad. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Sour citrus of lemon and lime are dominant with some sugar syrup underlying. gets a bit peppery at the back. Not a huge mouth on it but has a nice balance in it’s restraint. […]

Glenturret 2000 15 year old (G&M)

Bottle: A Macphail’s collection release from G&M. Currently the distilleries bottled in this range are Bunnahabhain, Glen Scotia, Glenglassaugh, Glenrothes, Glenturret, Highland Park and Tamdhu. Nose: Burnt toffee, dried apricots, raisins. Body: Silky and little brackish. The colour is a gorgeous russet. Palate: Stewed fruit and shortbread right at the start, shifts to orange and pepper […]

Clynelish 1998 13 year old (Signatory)

Bottle: Regular Signatory affair. Label info tells me this comes from 2 hogsheads (casks #7759 & #7760). Nose: Subtle. Salted lemon, beeswax and faint incense. Body: Medium with a good firm texture. Palate: Orange, Toffee, sea spray, Turkish delight. Pleasant. Very easy to drink. Quite smooth. Finish: Orange doesn’t go anywhere but it does get […]

Pulteney 1990 25 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Some glue aromas, heather, orange juice. The scents shift a little with each whiff, it’s a bit of a changeling. Interesting. Body: Light and a little waxy. Palate: Orange juice sweetness with some lovely fizz and then grassy with salted lemons at the end. Finish: Salted lemon stays, […]